The Safer Foundation supports, through a full spectrum of services and advocacy, the efforts of people with arrest and criminal records to become employed, law-abiding members of the community and as a result, reduce recidivism.
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All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, especially recent college graduates who majored in fundraising, social work or nonprofit management.
Reporting to the Director of Development, the Grants Manager will assist the Fund Development team in obtaining and administering government, corporate and foundation grants. Incumbent is also responsible for generating, maintaining and reporting on donation records in keeping with Safer’s goals.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Participates in grant writing including preparation of letters of inquiry, proposals, research, budgets, reports, ancillary materials, general agency information, editing proposals for errors and inconsistencies and proposal submissions
Provides contract administration including managing the tracking & reporting functions to ensure timely submission of documents as required by funders
Manages the tracking of existing grants; develops internal reporting systems; writing reports, maintaining excellent historical records; and, collaborates with Program Managers and Development Staff to meet with potential funders, when needed
Arranges for on-site tours; coordinating the availability of Senior Team members, as needed. Also, arranges for the availability of Program Managers and Development staff to meet with potential funders, when needed
Monitors websites, social media and on-line bulletins to identify new federal, state, county & city funding opportunities; assists in researching private and corporate funding prospects
Receives & records individual and corporate contributions and prepare letters of acknowledgement for tax reporting purposes
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Strong knowledge of fundraising information sources
Proven track record with institutional donors and knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies
Knowledge of and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research
Knowledge of the core elements of program development, contracts and agreements
Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
Excellent computer skills with all Microsoft office programs including Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge 7 database
Strong organizational skills, well-disciplined, with the ability to meet non-negotiable deadlines
Self-starter with the ability to work well under the pressure of multiple priorities
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, non-profit management
Minimum of three years’ experience including knowledge of annual giving, capital campaigns, foundation/corporate solicitations, deferred giving, communications and special events
Successful and proven experience with proposal writing as well as experience with budget development and monitoring
All positions are Full-Time (40-hours/week) and located in the Chicago Metropolitan area unless otherwise specified.
Safer Foundation is a national leader in prisoner re-entry and employment programs. A nonprofit organization based in Chicago, Safer was founded more than 45 years to help people leaving prison find jobs so they could successfully transition back into their communities. But people with criminal records faced a stigma that made securing employment difficult.
The situation is even more dire today..., especially in the United States. Despite accounting for only 5 percent of the world population, the U.S. leads the world with its incarceration rate. And an overwhelming majority of individuals returning from prison face more complex challenges to getting and keeping a job.
This means the services Safer Foundation provides are even more important. In fact, we know, and an abundance of research has shown, that the most difficult barrier—and the single-most crucial factor—to successful reintegration is a job.
When our clients find jobs, they become valuable contributors to their families and their communities, while saving taxpayers millions of dollars.
Re-entry is now recognized as an important issue that has captured our nation's attention and support, and Safer Foundation is proud to be a leader in the discussion and advocacy efforts occurring on the local, state and national levels.